Man Charged With Drain Cover thefts Worth £155,000

The district judge told him he’d be committed to Worcester Crown Court on May 16.

A man has been arrested and charged by West Mercia Police with stealing 628 drain covers worth a total of £155,325 from roads in North Worcestershire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

The man, who is aged 26 and from Studley in Warwickshire, was charged by police at Redditch after answering bail yesterday (Thursday, 8 March).

He faces ten charges of stealing drain covers from locations including Redditch, Bromsgrove, Nuneaton, Shirley, and Studley, on dates between 30 November, 2011 and 12 January this year (2012).

Additionally he is charged with converting criminal property, namely drain covers, by selling them for a cash payment of £428 contrary to the Proceeds Of Crime Act. That offence is alleged to have taken place at Kingswinford on 12 January.

The man has been released on police bail to appear at Redditch Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 20 March.

UPDATE

Leith’s appearance today ( Tuesday 20th March) in Court number One at Redditch Magistrates was brief, and few details of the alleged offences were given.

The district judge told him he’d be committed to Worcester Crown Court on May 16.

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